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Whores' Glory

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Section 49 edición - Sección Oficial Largometrajes Fuera de Competición; Michael Glawogger
Country Austria, Alemania
Year 2011
Color / B&W Color
Running time 119 min
Original language Thai, bengalí, español, inglés, japonés
Director Michael Glawogger
Screenplay Michael Glawogger
Film Editing Mona Willi
Photography Wolfgang Thaler
Music Papik & Regener
Production Erich Lackner, Tommy Pridnig, Peter Wirthensohn, Mirjam Quinte, Pepe Danquart
Producer Lotus-Film, Quinte-Film
Distribution Company The Match Factory
Synopsis A documentary on prostitution as understood in three different countries with distinct and diverse societies, languages and cultures. In Thailand, women wait shielded by a crystal wall through which customers may pick their choice. In Bangladesh, men visit the brothel in search of the materialization of their unsatisfied desires. In what is known as 'the Tolerance Zone', a place located in Mexico, close to the border with Texas, customers go in their cars through the main streets observing and being observed by the prostitutes, who entrust themselves to their saints to help them escape their own reality. It is possible to find glitters of beauty amongst the cruelty and violence suffered by women who have physically and emotionally experienced all that could possibly occur between a man and a woman.
Director bio Born in Graz (Austria) in 1959, Michael Glawogger has worked as producer, scriptwriter and director of photography, sometimes for other filmmakers, especially early in his career, when he formed a creative duo with his fellow countryman, Ulrich Seidl. The spectrum of works he has singlehandedly done move from the literary adaptation of Kill Daddy Good Night (2009) or the sharp social analysis of Slumming (2006), to the eccentric comedy that transcends the internal consumption product, the case of Contact High (2009). So far the greatest critical recognition he has received was for the documentary-essay done with great success, from Megacities (1998), award-winner in Vancouver, São Paulo, San Francisco and Vienna. The monumental Workingman's Death (2005) won him awards in Gijón, Leipzig, The British Film Institute, and a nomination to the European Film Awards, while Whores’ Glory (2011), winner of the Special Orizzonti Jury Prize in Venice, concludes a brilliant trilogy of global portraits up to this moment.